Added Mar 10, 2011
San Francisco, C...
The creation of this dress was a collaborative effort between Susanne of Fine Fabrics fame, her best friend Cid, and (only the tiniest of parts) me. It was a massive labor of love. We made five muslins before we even began to cut the fashion fabric, after which hours of work were still involved getting everything just right for the wedding.
The dress is cut from a fine silk duchesse imported from Italy. We designed it to have a V-neckline and an empire waist, since both of these features are commonly found in the dresses in my closet. Since I didn’t want to get lost in a sea of fabric, we kept it fitted through the natural waist with the use of horizontal pleats. We added a bit of movement by continuing the pleats through the skirt, making them angle to a deep diagonal through the hip. The skirt of the dress is almost column-like in the front, but it has a lot of volume at the sides and back. Down the entire length of the back are (functional!) self-faced buttons, each of which was hand sewn on.
It was the perfect wedding dress for me. I learned so much about pattern drafting, dress making, and sewing in general during its creation.
More on my blog Sew Well, including photos of most of the muslin stages.
The dress is made of Italian silk duchesse and has several hook-and-eye closures for support and many self-faced buttons for both support and decoration.
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